The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program

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When anxious feelings spiral out of control, they can drain your energy and prevent you from living the life you want. If you’re ready to stop letting your anxiety have the upper hand, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety, Second Edition can help you to recognize your anxiety triggers, develop skills to stop anxious thoughts before they take over, and keep needless fears from coming back.

In the second edition of this best-selling workbook, William J. Knaus offers a step-by-step program to help you overcome anxiety and get back to living a rich and productive life. With this book, you will develop a personal wellness plan using techniques from rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), powerful treatment methods proven to be even more effective than anxiety medication. This edition includes new evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation and values-based action, addresses perfectionism and anxiety, and features updated, cutting-edge research.

Anxiety and panic are intense emotions, and in the moments that you experience them it may seem like you are powerless, but nothing could be further from the truth. This workbook offers a practical program that you can use on your own, or with a therapist, to take back that power and end anxiety once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626250154
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 71,128
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William J. Knaus, EdD, is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of clinical experience in working with people suffering from anxiety and depression. He has appeared on numerous regional and national television shows including Today, and more than one hundred radio shows. His ideas have appeared in national magazines such as U.S. News and World Report and Good Housekeeping, and major newspapers such as the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is one of the original directors of training in rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Knaus is author of twenty books, including The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression, and The Procrastination Workbook.

Foreword writer Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP, is distinguished professor in the division of psychology and counseling at Governors State University, IL.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Part I Basic Techniques to Defeat Anxiety and Fear

1 Welcome to the World of Anxieties and Fears 9

2 Anxieties and Fears as Friends and Foes 19

3 Your Anxiety Solution 29

4 Developing Your Self-Observation Skills 39

5 Defusing Double Troubles 47

6 Self-Efficacy Training to Defeat Anxiety 55

7 Breaking the Anxiety-Procrastination Connection 63

Part II Cognitive, Emotive, and Behavioral Ways to Defeat Anxiety

8 Scenes for Serenity 77

9 Relax Your Body, Relax Your Mind 85

10 How to Break a Cognition-Anxiety Connection 93

11 Thinking Your Way Out of Anxiety 103

12 Behavioral Methods to Defeat Fear 111

Part III How to Address Special Anxieties and Fears

13 Escaping a Web of Worry 125

14 Managing Anxiety over Uncertainty 139

15 Calming Anxiety Sensations 151

16 Vanquishing Panic 161

17 Combatting Simple Phobias and Fears 175

18 A Multimodal Attack on Anxiety and Fear 185

Part IV Your Personal Anxieties and Fears

19 Ending Perfectionist Thinking 197

20 How to Stop Inhibiting Yourself 205

21 Overcoming Self-Anxiety 215

22 From. Social Anxiety to Social Confidence 223

23 Coping with Mixed Anxiety and Depression 237

24 Preventing Anxiety and Fear from Coming Back 245

Suggested Reading 257

References 259

Index 277


William J. Knaus lives in Spofford, NH.

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